Food Business Resources

Ready to take the next step in your food business journey? Eastern Market is proud to support food entrepreneurs and businesses, at all stages, throughout the Metro Detroit area and beyond. One of the many ways we provide a supportive and interactive environment is through connecting food entrepreneurs to the vast resources to not only start their food business, but to keep it thriving. Whether an aspiring food artisan or a budding restaurateur, below we’ve put together a wealth of resources to help food entrepreneurs and businesses.

Shared Commercial Kitchens & Co-Packers in Metro Detroit

Discover a variety of shared commercial kitchen spaces in the Metro Detroit area to develop and perfect recipes, scale production, and launch a food business. From fully-equipped facilities to flexible rental options, these kitchens provide the ideal environment for food businesses to launch and grow.  Connect with co-packers who can help you streamline your production process, package your products professionally, and bring your products to market. Whether producing sauces, snacks, baked goods, or beverages, this list of co-packers offers a range of services to meet your needs.


List of Shared Kitchens

Eastern Market Shed 5 Kitchen

2934 Russell St.

Detroit, MI 48207

Website: https://easternmarket.org/programs/start-a-food-business

Email: Contact Brandon Seng at bseng@easternmarket.org

Equipment: convection ovens, 6-burner stove, flat top griddle, grill, fryer, steamer, kettle, cold and dry storage

 

Brightmoor Artisans Collective

22735 Fenkell St.

Detroit, MI 48223

Website: https://brightmoorartisans.org/incubator-kitchen

Email: brightmoorartisans@gmail.com

Equipment: Six burner stove, convection oven, flat top griddle, cold and dry storage

 

Authority Health Community Kitchen

10809 Mack Ave. 

Detroit, MI 48224

Contact: Brittany Reid, 313-456-5058, breid-po@authorityhealth.com

Equipment: six burner stove, double ovens

Business types accepted: Cooking classes and demonstrations, restaurant pop ups, and special events

 

Fellowship Chapel Community Kitchen

7707 Outer Dr. West

Detroit, MI 

Website: https://www.fellowshipchapel.org/fellowship-rentals/community-commercial-kitchen/

Email: fellowshipchapelrentals@yahoo.com

Contact: 313-347-2820 x131

Equipment: 12-burner stove, convection ovens, deep fryers, steamers, tilt skillet, cold and dry storage

 

The D Loft Commercial Kitchen

20449 Schaefer Hwy. 

Detroit, MI 48235

Website: https://www.thedloft.com/the-d-loft-commercial-kitchen

Email: thedloftkitchen@gmail.com

Contact: 313-879-0750

Equipment: gas range, convection ovens, flat top griddle, grill, cold and dry storage

 

The Culinary Studio

Applegate Shopping Center

29673 Northwestern Highway

Southfield, MI 48034

Website: https://www.myculinarystudio.com/

Email: info@myculinarystudio.com

Contact: 248-353-2500

Equipment: convection ovens, gas range, flat top griddle, grill, cold and dry storage

 

Rosie’s Community Kitchen

235 Spencer Ln.

Ypsilanti, MI 48198

Website: https://sites.google.com/view/rosiescommunitykitchen/home

Email: Colleen@PICFoodSafety.com

Contact: 734-294-2287

Equipment: convection ovens, gas range, fryers, flat top griddle, tilt skillet, cold and dry storage

 

Fresh Collective Kitchen & Market

2752 Coolidge Hwy.

Berkeley, MI 48072

Website: https://www.freshcollectivekitchen.com/the-kitchen

Email: freshcollectivekitchen@gmail.com

Equipment: convection ovens, gas range, cold and dry storage


Growing Hope Incubator Kitchen

922 Michigan Ave.

Ypsilanti, MI 48197

Website: https://growinghope.net/programs/food-entrepreneurship/the-growing-hope-incubator-kitchen/

Equipment:  gas range, convection ovens, kettle


Proud Mitten Shared Kitchen

650 Church St.

Plymouth, MI 48170

Website: https://www.proudmittenkitchen.com/

Equipment: 


Rosedale Park Community Kitchen

18445 Scarsdale 

Detroit, MI 48223

Contact: 313-837-3416

Equipment: gas range, combi oven, cold and dry storage


Capital Kitchen

12930 Capital St.

Oak Park, MI 

Website: https://www.capitalkitchenmi.com/

Contact: Paul Gabriel 248-615-2955

Equipment: gas range,convection oven, cold and dry storage


The FlavorLab Culinary Collective

812 N. Main St.

Rochester, MI 48307

Website: https://www.theflavorlab.kitchen/

Contact: info@theflavorlab.kitchen

Equipment: gas range, grill, smoker, fryer, convection ovens, proofer, cold and dry storage


Christ Church Commons

61 Grosse Pointe Blvd.

Grosse Pointe Farms, MI 48236

Website: https://www.thekitchendoor.com/kitchen-rental/christ-church-commons

Contact: lisa@flavorlabmi.com

Equipment: gas range, ovens, cold and dry storage


Detroit Food Commons

8324 Woodward Ave.

Detroit, MI 48202

Website: https://www.dbcfsn.org/detroitfoodcommons

Rental application: https://forms.office.com/Pages/ResponsePage.aspx?id=ZCK1YWBcP0S1gLevxlLYt2L6ltXsf4ZBkmrd1UydHQBUQzVTTjBMTUhJWFJKQzNYVVFJOEhZVzJBVC4u

Email: info@dbcfsn.org 


St. John’s Episcopal Church

26998 Woodward

Royal Oak, MI 48067 2

Contact: 48-546-1255 

Equipment: 12 burner stove, Hobart mixer, 2 convection ovens, 2 conventional gas ovens, commercial food processor, cold and dry storage


One New Humanity

10218 Joseph Campau Ave

Hamtramck, Mi 48212

Website: https://www.onenewhumanitycdc.org/

Contact: info@onenewhumanity.org


149 South Street

Belleville, MI 

Contact: info@detroitminidonut.com

Equipment: Fryer, proofer, convection ovens, charbroiler, flat top griddle 12 burner range, ice machine, tilt skillet, walk in cooler, walk in freezer


Ackroyd’s Kitchen and Order Fulfillment Facility

Contact: megan@ackroydsbakery.com Equipment:  Baxter rack oven, 40-gallon steam kettle, 6-burner range, stand mixers, Rondostar 5000 sheeter, walk-in cooler, walk-in freezer

Ideal location for: scaling a bakery business, USDA inspected production, ghost kitchen, order fulfillment, dedicated packaging room, and office space

Also offers value-added services




Food Co-Packers

Connect with co-packers who can help you streamline your production process, package your products professionally, and bring your products to market. Whether producing sauces, snacks, baked goods, or beverages, this list of co-packers offers a range of services to meet your needs.


Feast Detroit

https://www.feastdetroit.com/

Specializes in: sauces, soups, beverages, shelf stable products, etc


Total Food Package

https://totalfoodpackage.com/contact/

allergen-free dry blender


Asmus Seasonings

https://asmusseasonings.com/what-we-do/

dry-blending 


Al Pronko

248-703-1072

Specializes in: shelf-stable sauces and salsas, etc.


Food Business Classes and Events

Join us at Eastern Market, in partnership with In the Business of Food, for a variety of classes and events designed specifically for food entrepreneurs and businesses. Learn from industry experts, sharpen your skills, and connect with fellow entrepreneurs at workshops, classes, and events covering topics such as food safety, customer service, content creation, marketing, AI and more! 


ServSafe Food Safety Manager Certification Course & Exam

ServSafe is a food and beverage safety training and certificate program for any one working in the food industry. The course discusses foodborne illnesses, including information on specific foodborne pathogens and biological toxins, contamination, and major food allergens. Prevention is also covered, with information regarding purchasing and receiving guidelines, food preparation, holding, and serving guidelines, food safety management systems, sanitation guidelines for facilities and equipment, as well as food safety regulations.

The ServSafe Manager Certification is a five-year certification and verifies that a manager or person-in-charge has sufficient food safety knowledge to protect the public from foodborne illness. Cost is $135/person.

March class: Monday, March 25th

April class: Monday, April 22nd

May class Monday, May 13th

June class Monday, June 17th

July class Monday, July 15th

August class Monday, August 19th

September class Monday, September 16th

October class Monday, October 21st

November class Monday, November 18th


Community Conversations

Each month, we will delve deep into crucial issues impacting the food and beverage industry, offering invaluable insights for every food-based business owner or entrepreneur at any stage. Beyond knowledge shared by subject matter experts, these sessions are vibrant hubs of networking, fostering connections among like-minded entrepreneurs, and building community. These sessions are FREE and open to all members of the food business community.

1st Monday of each month from 5pm-6:30pm

Monday, March 4th

Topic: The Power of Community: Stories of Connection in Detroit’s Food Scene

Monday, April 8th

Topic: FREE headshots for food businesses & industry professionals

Monday, May 6th

Topic: Getting Ready for Market Season

Monday, June 10th

Topic: Fireside chat + Book signing with Katherine Miller, author of At the Table: A Chef’s Guide to Advocacy

Monday, July 8th

Topic: From Incubator to Accelerator: Stories of Triumphs & Obstacles in Scaling a Food Business

Monday, August 5th

Topic: Masterclass: Content Creation & AI

Monday, September 9th

Topic: Social Media Management

Monday, October 7th

Topic: Food + Tech

Monday, November 4th

Topic: Masterclass: Mastering Customer Service



How to Operate in a Commercial Kitchen 


This comprehensive 2-hour session will provide practical insights to successfully navigate the ins and outs of working in a shared commercial kitchen. This workshop will include information on licensing and regulations, kitchen etiquette and best practices, food safety protocols, and available shared commercial kitchens in the area. Cost: FREE

On the 2nd Tuesday every month 12 pm - 2 pm (in-person only)

Tuesday, April 9th

Tuesday, June 11th

Tuesday, July 9th

Tuesday, August 13th

Tuesday, September 10th

Tuesday, October 15th

Tuesday, November 12th

Tuesday, December 10th 


Essential Ingredients for Starting a Food Business (CPG edition)

A 6-week workshop series designed to provide the fundamentals and strong foundation for a CPG business (consumer-packaged goods, retail food product, etc). Learn the basics of starting a business, calculating cost of goods sold, retail pricing, packaging, marketing, and so much more! Cost: $100

Thursdays for 6 weeks 6pm-8pm 

Thursday, March 21st

Thursday, March 28th

Thursday, April 4th

Thursday, April 11th

Thursday, April 18th 

Thursday, April 25th

Apply here!
Applications close: Friday, March 15th, 2024 at Noon



Essential Ingredients for Starting a Food Business (Foodservice edition)

A 6-week workshop series designed to provide the fundamentals and strong foundation for a CPG business (consumer-packaged goods, food product, etc). Learn the basics of starting a business, calculating cost of goods sold, retail pricing, packaging, marketing, and so much more! Cost: $100

Thursdays for 6 weeks 6pm-8pm

Thursday, May 2nd 

Thursday, May 9th

Thursday, May 16th

Thursday, May 23rd

Thursday, May 30th

Thursday, June 6th

Apply here!
Applications close: Friday, April 26th, 2024



How to Successfully Scale Your Food Product Business 

A 6-week workshop series designed to provide in-depth insights into the unique challenges and strategies involved in scaling a food product business, covering aspects from strategic planning, pricing strategies, and distribution, to operational efficiency and financial management. Cost: $200

Thursdays for 6 weeks 6pm-8pm

Thursday, August 8th 

Thursday, August 15th

Thursday, August 22nd

Thursday, August 29th

Thursday, September 5th

Thursday, September 12th



How to Successfully Scale Your Food Service Business

A 6-week workshop series designed to provide in-depth insights into the unique challenges and strategies involved in scaling food businesses, covering aspects from strategic planning, marketing and branding strategies, operational efficiency and financial management. Cost: $200

Thursdays for 6 weeks 6pm-8pm

Thursday, September 26th

Thursday, October 3rd

Thursday, October 10th

Thursday, October 17th

Thursday, October 24th 

Thursday, October 31st (may move class to 10/30 since 10/31 is Halloween)

Licensing Guides

Navigating the regulatory landscape can be daunting for food entrepreneurs, but these licensing guides are here to help. Learn about the permits, licenses, and certifications required to start and operate a food business in Michigan, ensuring compliance with health and safety regulations every step of the way. 

Determine Which Agency to Contact: Is your food establishment licensed by the state of Michigan or the local health dept?

MDARD Licensing Guide

MDARD Food Establishment License Application

Detroit Health Dept

City of Detroit Food Service License Application

Small Business Support Organizations

Access a network of small business support organizations dedicated to helping food entrepreneurs succeed. From business development assistance to funding opportunities and mentorship programs, these organizations provide valuable resources and support to help you grow your food business.

TechTown

Build Institute

ProsperUs Detroit

MSU Product Center

Detroit Means Business

In the Business of Food

Reliford Investments

Metro Detroit Black Business Alliance

Accounting Aid Society

Michigan SBDC

SCORE

Detroit Economic Growth Corporation

Welcome Center Hours

Stop in to ask a question, get maps and recipes, or present your Bridge Card to receive tokens accepted at many vendors under the sheds.

  • Saturday 7am-4pm (year-round)
  • Tuesday 9am-3pm (June-Sept.)
  • Sunday 10am-4pm (June-Sept.)

District shops and restaurants are open after shed hours. Check our directory for specifics.

1445 Adelaide, Detroit, MI 48207 (between Sheds 2 and 3)

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